Tokyo Festival To Celebrate Filipino Cinema

The Tokyo International Film Festival will this year organize a special section on the films of Filipino director Brillante Mendoza in particular, and the films of the Philippines in general. Mendoza’s latest film “Taklub” has its premiere this week in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

The section is the second year that Tokyo has organized its ‘Crosscut Asia’ showcase, after its launch year focused on Thai cinema. The initiative is the joint effort of the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Tokyo Festival (Oct 22-31, 2015).

Organizers calculate that Filipino cinema is currently in a third golden age, after two earlier periods of glory, one in the early 1950s and, a second, in the 1970s and 1980s. The latter was exemplified by angry indie auteurs including Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, and Kidlat Tahimik.

“Now, in the 21st-century era of digital film making, young independent creators are appearing in droves, gaining worldwide attention through the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and other indie venues,” say the Crosscut organizers. They reckon that the third golden age, typified by Mendoza and Lav Dias, began in 2005.

“The Tokyo International Film Festival is a great occasion for everyone as it showcases not only movies from the Philippines but variety of works from around the globe that are not available at everyday cinemas. I hope everyone will have a chance to appreciate these works,” said Mendoza in a prepared statement.

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